Lee Constable

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Lee Constable is a science communicator, television presenter, children's author, and biologist who lives and works in Australia. She is best known for her work as a presenter on Scope between 2016–2020, Network Ten's science show aimed at children aged 7–13.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Constable grew up on a sheep farm in New South Wales. She undertook a double degree in science and arts, followed by honours in biology at Australian National University in Canberra.[2] This was followed by a Master of Science Communication Outreach program at Australian National University.[3]


As part of her Master of Science Communication Outreach program, Constable toured remote areas of Australia performing science shows involving fire as part of the Questacon Science Circus.[1] She started SoapBox, a youth-run radio show on sustainability and social justice.

Constable was the host of Scope, Network Ten's science show for children aged 7–13, from 2016 to 2020.[2] Produced in association with CSIRO, the show aired on Network 10's channel 10 Peach.[4] With Constable as presenter, the show became 'more intentionally accessible to kids who might not consider themselves stand-out students.'[5]

In 2018, she was part of the largest all-female Antarctica expedition with Homeward Bound.[2][6][7]

She also founded Co-Lab, an organisation that connects scientists and street artists to create live public science communication events, such as street art.[8][3][9] She has spoken in industry events, including the Australian Science Communicators conference.[10] She was selected by the Emerging Producer Program by the World Congress of Science and Factual Producers in 2018.[1] She was awarded '2019 Alinta Energy – CEF Alumnus of the Year' by the Country Education Foundation of Australia.[11]

In 2019, to tie in with World Environment Day, Penguin published Constable's book How to Save the Whole Stinkin' Planet, illustrated by James Hart, under its Puffin imprint.[12][13][14]

As of 2022, she works as a social media producer for The Conversation.[15]


  1. ^ a b c Power, Shannon (11 April 2019). "Meet these LGBTI geniuses of science and engineering who are shaping our future". Gay Star News. Retrieved 5 July 2019.
  2. ^ a b c Crockford, Toby (11 February 2018). "Brisbane scientist picked for elite Antarctic trip giving women a global voice". Brisbane Times. Retrieved 5 July 2019.
  3. ^ a b "Canberra scientists, street artists team up to paint picture of local discoveries". ABC News. 19 September 2015. Retrieved 8 July 2019.
  4. ^ "Scope: Science television for kids". www.csiro.au. Retrieved 8 July 2019.
  5. ^ Andrews, Eve (18 October 2017). "How to stamp out sexual harassment when it's reached the ends of the Earth". Grist. Retrieved 10 July 2019.
  6. ^ Frishberg, Hannah (13 May 2019). "Scientists who pose for selfies are more trustworthy: study". New York Post. Retrieved 8 July 2019.
  7. ^ Lambert, Tara (12 February 2018). "Eighty scientists set for Antarctica in world's largest-ever female expedition". Women's Agenda. Retrieved 10 July 2019.
  8. ^ Layt, Stuart (18 March 2021). "Art and science converge to appeal to our 'better angels'". Brisbane Times.
  9. ^ "2018 ANU Graduations: Alumni spotlight Lee Constable". ANU. 3 July 2018. Retrieved 5 July 2019.
  10. ^ "Lee Constable". ASC2017 - 23-24 Feb, Adelaide. 5 February 2017.
  11. ^ "Lee is widening the 'Scope' for women, children and science". Country Education Foundation. 26 November 2019. Retrieved 22 September 2022.
  12. ^ "How to Save the Whole Stinkin' Planet by Lee Constable". www.penguin.com.au.
  13. ^ Cramsie, Debbie (3 June 2019). "Saving the whole stinkin' planet". The Catholic Weekly. Retrieved 8 July 2019.
  14. ^ Lush, Amelia (9 July 2019). "From Greta Thunberg to Sally Morgan: 10 books to help kids come to grips with climate crisis". The Guardian. Retrieved 10 July 2019.
  15. ^ "Our Team: The Conversation". theconversation.com. Retrieved 22 September 2022.

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